How Afghanistan Can Affect Us

Conflict in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq is often in the news headlines. Most people are aware of the awful losses being suffered, but assume that it as it’s so far away, it won’t affect our day-to-day lives.

But it can affect us, because as defence secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed, Isis operatives in Afghanistan are in touch with cells in the UK and present a “real threat” to the UK and Europe.

 

Attacks Planned

Preventing another “Manchester style attack” is a priority according to Williamson, and 440 British troops had been sent to Afghanistan in August, “To combat the growing terrorist threat posed to Britain as well as to Afghan civilians.”

The Independent explains that the Afghan branch of Isis, IS-K, is comprised of around 2,000 members but is being fed as supporters of various organisations flee Syria and Iraq. These groups have been in direct contact with groups in the UK.

 

Death of Isis Leader

A significant step in the fight against terrorism reported recently was the death of its country head in Afghanistan, along with ten other fighters.

This has weakened the terrorism base, says US General John Nicholson (as reported by The Independent) but, “They have been able to replenish a portion of their losses by recruiting from other violent extremist organisations. Despite this recruiting they are losing fighters and losing ground.”

Earlier in August 2018, a suicide bombing in a Shia area of Kabul killed 48 students, and IS-K claimed responsibility.

 

Now What?

“We consistently see terrorist groups operating here in Afghanistan, [and] evidence of their links back not just to the United Kingdom but to the whole of continental Europe.” Williamson told Sky News.

As always, it’s essential to be alert and prepared, and to recognise that a threat exists. We don’t believe the threat should keep us from living our lives though, and when we take appropriate precautions – such as travel insurance cover that includes the option to cancel if there’s an act of terrorism* – we can go about our lives with greater peace of mind.

 

 

*Cancellation cover applies if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your destination, up to 6 weeks prior to your departure. Safe Journey policies also include cover for curtailment if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your accommodation while you’re travelling, emergency medical care, medical repatriation, loss of personal possessions, delays, and much more. Please read our Policy Wording for full terms, conditions and exclusions.

Single Trip Cover

From £5.17* per person

  • Travel insurance that covers disinclination to travel if your destination is affected by terrorism before you travel.
  • Safe Journey provides comprehensive travel insurance just for acts of terrorism.
  • Single Trip insurance provides cover for up to 180 days of continuous travel.
  • Available for singles, couples and families and with no maximum age limit and no medical screening requirements.
  • For Business and Leisure travellers.
  • For UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man residents when travelling in the UK and abroad, when you have booked and pre-paid your flights or accommodation.
  • Safe Journey covers up to £2000 per person for travel arrangements, if where you are staying is affected by terrorism and you want to return home.
  • Travel delays caused by acts of terrorism are covered.
  • Personal possessions including money and passports are protected whilst you travel against damage or loss as a result of acts of terrorism.
  • 24 hour (UK based) emergency assistance to help you after an act of terrorism.
  • Maximum excess per claim £100
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*For up to 8 days travel, Worldwide. £53.73 for 180 days continuous travel, Worldwide.

Annual Multi-Trip Cover

From £15.66 per person

  • Travel insurance that covers disinclination to travel if your destination is affected by terrorism before you travel.
  • Safe Journey provides comprehensive travel insurance just for acts of terrorism.
  • Annual Multi-Trip insurance for travel durations of up to 31 days, for each trip you take during a year.
  • Available for singles, couples and families and with no maximum age limit and no medical screening requirements.
  • For Business and Leisure travellers.
  • For UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man residents when travelling in the UK and abroad, when you have booked and pre-paid flights or accommodation.
  • Safe Journey covers up to £2000 per person for travel arrangements, if where you are staying is affected by terrorism and you want to return home.
  • Travel delays caused by acts of terrorism are covered.
  • Personal possessions including money and passports are protected whilst you travel against damage or loss as a result of acts of terrorism.
  • 24 hour (UK based) emergency assistance to help you after an act of terrorism.
  • Maximum excess per claim £100
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†31 Days any-one-trip, Worldwide.